Mormon in America: How I Hate to Love Him

I have bad news.

I really like Mitt Romney.

I tried to hate him, I really did.  I don’t normally like “mainstream” LDS people.  I have a special distaste for people who have made a lot of money off being Mormon (another post for another day).  But, Mitt Romney is truly a self made man.

He doesn’t brag about the MANY amazing things he has done with his life and his money, because he has.  He has spent countless unpaid hours counseling people, performing service and being a good neighbor.

But, that’s not why I like him.

I really like his policies.  The meat of his presidential campaign, I really like it.  And maybe you don’t, and that’s fine.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if we’re required to vote for Mitt Romney in our church.  It couldn’t be further from the truth.  The LDS church has a strong position of neutrality.  I’m grateful for that.  Sadly, many people IN the church aren’t quite as neural.  I fear raising Mr Romney to the position of apostle after this is all said and done, but he’s not.  He’s just a guy.  I’m doubtful he even has a calling right now.  I think he deserves a little time off.  I hope he’s put in the nursery soon though, put all that kissing babies practice to good work.

The LDS church doesn’t endorse any political campaign.  They may get behind ISSUES, but the people and the platforms, not so much.  You’ll never hear of Mitt Romney giving a campaign speech at an LDS church because it’s simply not allowed.  I don’t think we even use our churches as polling places, do we?

I think that boils down a lot of my love for this church and the gospel in general.  We are truly allowed to be our own person and have our own thoughts.  Sure, we get told to do a lot of stuff, but we always have the opportunity (and are encouraged) to pray about things before jumping in with both feet.  I think God is aware that we might need some time to change our viewpoints on a few things.

I’m grateful for that, and I’m grateful for this church.  I promise you, if you are looking for something in your life to make a change for the better, this church is it.  You can read more about my church here:

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Comments

  1. says

    I enjoyed your post. :) I’m Mormon too, and I actually wish I could like his policies (I’m sure he is a great guy), I want to like his policies, but I’m just more of an Obama girl (in most ways, not all). I guess this does show that your point is true– I love that we’re encouraged to think for ourselves and vote our own consciences and that the Church maintains political neutrality. And that there is good in both parties.